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Impressionism: Go ahead, try to predict life. You'll fail

Life is unpredictable, always
Impressionism with Rob O'Flanagan

The Amazing Kreskin used to send me a greeting card every year.

I did a story about the world famous mentalist some years back in the lead up to his amazing show in town, and that got me on his Christmas card mailing list. He liked that article, and I really liked writing it. He was an amazing interview.

Kreskin, and a great many others, believe there is a kind of mental vibe that passes between people. And that some have the special capacity to know what information is contained in that energy thread. They are open to this psychical flow of information, they receive it and read it.

I mention Kreskin only because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future, about very difficult decisions, about responding to opportunities, and trying to decipher what the future may hold. That’s a common exercise to engage in.

Difficult decisions – like making a move or investing a large sum of money – have inherent risks. Risk stirs up fear, anxiety, doubt.

Those emotions make you wish you could see the future. They make you search for some kind of tendril of energy information from the future that would quell your fear and help you feel more assured in your decision.

And so, there is an opening up to incoming signs, clues, advice, and insights, because in them might reside the one predictive element that makes the whole future come into sharp focus. I think this is probably fairly common behaviour.

But I think much of this effort to predict the future is rooted in superstitious beliefs. I have lived long enough now to understand that there really is no predicting the future. It simply can’t be done. And yet future predicting is the bailiwick of so many people, organizations, and systems.

Sure, partial prediction is possible, based on simple cause and effect. If you plant a crop and it doesn’t rain, you can predict to a certain degree that crop’s growth or lack of it. If someone drinks heavily or eats poorly for a long period of time, you can make a general prediction that their health will be negatively impacted.

But a human life and the trajectory it will take when propelled by the force of choice is much less predictable. And when it comes to helping someone navigate a very difficult choice it would most likely be a very bad idea to include a prediction of the outcome as part of your guidance.

Friends, associates, loved one like to participate in each other’s decision making, in the course of each other’s future. That is a very purposeful, meaningful thing to do. But at best, about all we can really do is speculate on the future on the basis of what we believe and understand.

Choices are made and life changes. The person is set in motion. And whenever there is movement in the life of a thinking, feeling being, there is no predicting what will happen. And given that others will likely have some control over how things in that person’s life unfold, that adds many, many additional layers of unpredictability.

All you can do is choose — make a decision, have faith, hold your breath and see where it leads. And bear the consequences as they come.

People care. They love. They want what’s best for you. They give you advice and guidance based on that love, based on what they believe is best for you, or what they hope for you.

And sometimes that advice drifts into a predictive area, where that friend or loved one believes they can see your life unfold in a most remarkable, fruitful, positive, or prosperous way. And they are very convincing, very certain. And you need that certainty at a time of difficult choice.   

But there is no certainty. There is no predicting the future. The only thing that is certain or predictable is that making a choice will change the events of your life. No one knows how those events will unfold.


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